What happens when you let your hair go grey naturally?
As a toddler I was a white blonde. So blonde my hair was almost white. But as I grew, the hair darkened.
But by the time I went to school I was brunette. And that’s the colour I stayed………apart from some experiment’s with wash-in-wash-out home colours in my early twenties.
But hitting midlife I found a lot of my dark haired contemporaries were suddenly sporting blonde hair. People known for dark brown, almost black hair, suddenly going blonde? Sorry, but I don’t think you’re fooling anyone.
Anyway, I decided I wasn’t going to be bothered with constantly dying my hair. I was going to slip into grey naturally.
Well almost naturally.
OK, I spent a few years having highlights that mingled my natural brown with blonde. And over time the grey, brown and blonde mingled to a pleasing shade until I decided to ditch the artificial highlights and have whatever home grown colours appeared instead.
To my surprise (delight?) I haven’t gone completely grey. Some of the natural blonde from babyhood returned. No really. So now my hair is an interesting (and natural) shade of brown, blonde and grey.
And it seems I’m not the only one who decided silver locks were the way to go. I’ve just stumbled across Susan Paget’s book “Gray Hair Adventure:Things I Learned About Life When I Stopped Dyeing My Hair”
Gray Hair Adventure
The book was published in 2015 and tells the story of Susan’s hair journey from dyed to natural.
While there were online images of supermodels rocking silver hair, she wondered if normal, every day women could still feel beautiful going grey. Not everyone was happy about her questioning the status quo. Her hairdresser, for one, freaked out over the decision.
And, from the picture, it appears Susan chose to just let the colour grow out. No gradual blending.
So how do you handle big events and reunions when you’re in the thick of transition? And what do you do when the going gets tough? Susan’s Gray Hair Adventure has suggestions for this and more.
Reviews for the book are good. People noted that when they stopped dying their hair the transition process was not confined to hair. The book also confirmed some people love the look of healthy grey hair rather than dry, brittle over processed hair.
And natural hair saves time and money, and is a healthier alternative to using toxic dyes.